One single organ and tissue donor can save or improve the lives of more than eight people, helping to restore eyesight, damaged tissues or vital functions. Organ transplantation gives thousands of children and adults each year a renewed chance at living full and active lives.
Organ donations in Maharashtra
- Mumbai – 64
- Pune – 49
- Nagpur – 12
- Aurangabad – 3
The city witnessed its 63rd and 64th organ donations in the last week of September. This is the first time that eight organ donation have occurred in one month. This is proof that Mumbaikars are warming up to the concept of organ donation.
This goes to show that awareness regarding organ donation is increasing in the city and day-by-day more people are becoming aware of the vital importance of organ donation.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr S K Mathur, President of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Mumbai, “Due to better awareness created by the state government more people are coming forward to donate organs. In comparison to last year, Mumbai has received a better response when it comes to organ donation. Mumbai and Thane have seen the highest number of organ donations this has become possible due to better awareness among people. This all has become possible due to teamwork and transparency of the system.”
As awareness about the organ donation process is steadily on the rise, more family members are coming ahead themselves to give consent.
The 63rd organ donation in Mumbai took place on Saturday, September 28 at Global Hospital in Parel. The relatives of a 64-year-old woman who was declared brain-dead by doctors came forward and gave their consent for organ donation. Lungs, liver, and kidneys were retrieved in the organ donation process. According to the ZTCC coordinator, the family did not wish to share further details.
While the 64th organ donation occurred on Monday, September 30 at Apollo Hospital in Navi Mumbai. After counselling, the relatives of a 65-year-old brain-dead man consented to donate his organs. A liver and both the kidneys were retrieved during the process.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Madan More, the ZTCC coordinator for Apollo Hospitals, informed, “The patient was admitted to the hospital on September 28. He was being treated in the ICU. The man had a brain haemorrhage and there was bleeding inside his brain. He was declared as brain-dead by doctors on September 30. One kidney and a liver was retained by Apollo Hospital and transplanted on waitlisted patients. While the other kidney was sent to MGM Hospital in Navi Mumbai.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Sunil Deshpande, a member of Nashik Organ Donation Federation, said, “As the awareness about organ donation is spreading in cities, educated people are coming forward to donate organs. This is the main reason, that cities like Mumbai are witnessing an increasing number of organ donations. But, in small towns, and villages, awareness is still low. Due to the lack of state-of-the-art machinery, fewer donations are taking place.”
He added, “In a few areas, the doctors are not aware of the organ donation process. If a family wishes to donate the body, then due to tedious paperwork and formalities that also doesn’t happen. So, in my opinion, we must strengthen the infrastructure in rural areas.”
From 1st January 2019 till 3rd October 2019 – SOTTO data
Number of BSD Donors: 124
No. Of Organs Retrieved from BSD Donors :
Kidneys : 195
Heart : 32
No. Of Organs transplanted BSD donors
Kidneys : 186
Heart : 29
Heart+ Lungs: 3
Kidney+ Pancreas: 4
Kidney + Liver: 2
No.of Tissues retrieved from BSD + Cardiac death donor
Skin donors: 168
Bone donors: 2
No. Of organs shared with NOTTO to other states
Number of organs received from ROTTO/NOTTO.( Outside of Maharashtra)